Still not quite sure on why this is, but it seems when I set up new installations of Ubuntu, Ctrl+Alt+F1 doesn’t bring me to a console – it just brings me to either a blank screen, or a screen with a flashing cursor and nothing else. So, I found the following steps on the Ubuntu Forums:
sudo pico /etc/initramfs-tools/modules and add
sudo update-initramfs -u
sudo pico /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-framebuffer and change the line
"blacklist vesafb" to
"# blacklist vesafb"
4. Reboot and everything should be fine
Oh, and make sure you add vga=791 to the /boot/grub/menu.lst beside the distro option that you choose to run.